Why, despite the fact that we know so much more about the natural and social causes of disasters, do losses continue to mount?
White, Kates, and Burton 2001 * we haven't learned as much as we think knowledge is available but unused knowledge is used ineffectively, and/or growth in costs may reflect a time lag between the acquisition of new understanding and when it can be put into practice. *White, GF, et al. (2001), ‘Knowing better and losing even more: the use of knowledge in hazards management,’ Environmental Hazards, (3). 81-92.